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Rooms behind bookcases, a bed inside a tram cart and a crow’s nest up a ladder: Inside the incredible Amsterdam hotel that may be the most bizarre in the world

2C96B7B600000578-0-image-a-2_1442828204660One stop to sleep: At Hotel Not Hotel guests sleep in a variety of wacky rooms, including this tram cart abode with a king-sized bed

  • The quirky Hotel Not Hotel in Amsterdam features 15 unique rooms, each one ‘a work of art’, its website says
  • The unique property has the look and feel of an art gallery, with all the rooms dotted around a central lobby
  • Guests can peek out of one-way mirrors in their rooms, hidden behind paintings and mirrors
  • It may be a hotel, but it’s not like any we have seen before.

    It looks fairly ordinary from the outside, but the name – Hotel Not Hotel – hints that on the inside it’s going to be quirky. And it doesn’t disappoint.

    Every one of the 15 rooms is utterly individual, each one ‘a work of art’, the website proclaims. Guests can stay in a bizarre tram cart bedroom, a chamber behind a bookcase and even in a crow’s nest up a ladder.

    One of the most ornate is the ‘Crisis Free Zone’, which features a skillfully made arch carved from wood that guests step through to reach the beds.

    Inspired by Transylvanian symbolism, the design will supposedly keep evil out. As the website says: ‘That’s why creatures like vampires, ghosts, and bankers will never be able to enter.’

    The colourful rooms push the boundaries of conventional hotel design and open onto an exhibition-like space instead of an anonymous environment.

    The accommodation comes with its own bar, of course, called Kevin Bacon.

    The name was chosen, the website explains, because Kevin Bacon is an actor who ‘gets the job done, with no pretensions’ – and that’s what the bar aims to do, too, ‘whether it’s a morning coffee, a sunny afternoon beer or proper cocktails’.

    The unique hotel was designed by Collaboration-O, young designers who originated from the Eindhoven Design Academy, and Dutch artist Arno Coenen and his partner IRIS.

    Rooms at Hotel Not Hotel are available from £50, with the option of renting out the venue for events.

    2C96B60200000578-3243157-image-a-38_1442839172036This colourful Printed Room sleeps two, and is based on the concept of printing and reality, with the TV and the chair being scanned, printed and presented in 2D (bed, fresh sheets and towels, the safe, and your breakfast are thankfully in 3D)




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